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by weaktoss
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: Laptop comparable to an XPS 13?

Disappointing to hear about those issues. I haven't experienced them with my XPS 13 (1080p, i5-6200U), but your experience certainly makes me wary about buying another down the road.
by weaktoss
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: GPU passthrough
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: GPU passthrough

I have an i5-6400 in a Shuttle barebones in my living room running Ubuntu as the host OS and three KVM/libvirt VMs : a Windows system with a 1050 Ti passed through (and connected to my TV), pfsense for routing, and another Ubuntu system hosting the controller software for my Unifi access points. It ...
by weaktoss
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 4540

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

How is performance now a few months later? Mostly fine, in my experience playing with the console docked. You'll see occasional FPS drops and some texture pop-in. It's noticeable when it happens, but it hasn't been frequent or severe enough to disgruntle me. Are there any games that are even remote...
by weaktoss
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great
Replies: 59
Views: 4540

Re: The Nintendo Switch is pretty great

I received one as a surprise birthday present several weeks ago. I agree with pretty much everything you've said. The console has a solid, well-engineered feel, and the Pro controller is great. The kickstand could have been better, though. Zelda has blown me away. It's the best open-world game I've ...
by weaktoss
Wed May 03, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Simple video editing on PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Simple video editing on PC?

Avidemux can do everything you need, but is a bit clunky to use. I'm no video editing expert, but I've loaded Avidemux about a billion times. Takes about 6.5 seconds every time. :)
by weaktoss
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Rogue One
Replies: 160
Views: 11101

Re: Rogue One

Liked the movie. Didn't love it, but liked it. I have to say, though, is there some rule of Star Wars that orphan protagonists must live on desert planets? Environments that are functionally identical to Tatooine are getting stale.
by weaktoss
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dr. Strange..
Replies: 15
Views: 965

Re: Dr. Strange..

Spells that didn't deal with artifacts were exceedingly thin. (..I think Strange used about 5: shield, whip, portal, glass realm, "inception" spell.) This really bothered me.  Let's draw energy from the multiverse to cast crazy spells...or actually let's just do some parkour while whackin...
by weaktoss
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Kretschmer's FreeSync Ramblings
Replies: 15
Views: 3087

Re: Kretschmer's FreeSync Ramblings

Thanks for the information, this will be useful for me as I continue to waffle for the next few years over a monitor purchase.

Kretschmer wrote:
How?

Simon is pretty active both on twitter and on his own forums at TFT Central. You may have some luck trying to reach him directly to see how he managed to do it.
by weaktoss
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: MMS - Android/iPhone Mix Issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

Re: MMS - Android/iPhone Mix Issues

I did actually go through the de-registering process, and the problem persists. It's likely user error on my friends' part, but it's still a bit irritating that it's an issue.
by weaktoss
Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: MMS - Android/iPhone Mix Issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

Re: MMS - Android/iPhone Mix Issues

I don't usually jump aboard apple hate trains, but iMessage has turned group messaging among my friends into a mess. For it to fail over gracefully to MMS, I think all of the iPhones in the group need to have the "use SMS..." option set properly. And god help you if any of those iPhones ha...
by weaktoss
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Dezi
Replies: 48
Views: 1897

Re: RIP Dezi

Condolences, JBI. It's never easy, and only harder when we lose them suddenly in unexpected ways. All the best to your family.
by weaktoss
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Just how big is that case?
Replies: 36
Views: 11488

Re: Just how big is that case?

Having recently built a mini-ITX system, I have resolved to go back to micro-ATX for my next gaming PC. JAE, what specific limitations are driving you back to micro-ATX, out of curiosity? My most recent personal build was micro-ATX, and I've been leaning towards mini-ITX whenever I build next. I re...
by weaktoss
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Keyboard for auxy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1237

Re: Keyboard for auxy?

Most of the time I don't have trouble deciphering these. But auxy, how does one visually decode the "ω" character that's used often as a nose/mouth? Are those meant to be nostrils? Some sort of impossible contortion of the mouth? Or upper and lower lips rotated 90 degrees, like this?
by weaktoss
Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How to use DSR-Factors and Smoothness
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: How to use DSR-Factors and Smoothness

The most expert of the experts did a pretty thorough writeup on DSR. Check it out: http://techreport.com/review/27102/maxw ... n-explored
by weaktoss
Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: EVGA B-stock video cards GTX 960 159-169$
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: EVGA B-stock video cards GTX 960 159-169$

The 980 SC (blower) I bought from that sale for like $370 just got here a couple days ago. I am extremely pleased, the card is in great shape and FC4 is running like a dream.
by weaktoss
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nvidia game streaming to Gforce equipped laptop
Replies: 8
Views: 1285

Re: Nvidia game streaming to Gforce equipped laptop

Deanjo wrote:
http://moonlight-stream.com/

Welp, can't wait to try that out when I get home tonight. Thanks for link!

vargis, ignore all the things I said :P
by weaktoss
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nvidia game streaming to Gforce equipped laptop
Replies: 8
Views: 1285

Re: Nvidia game streaming to Gforce equipped laptop

It's certainly theoretically possible, but I don't believe NVIDIA has built any kind of support for this yet. GameStream is strictly from your x86 gaming rig to your ARM Shield device, not another x86 machine. In the meantime, there's always Steam in-home streaming, unless you're specifically intere...
by weaktoss
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Xbox 360 kid-friendly local co-op games
Replies: 5
Views: 2875

Re: Xbox 360 kid-friendly local co-op games

Pretty much any of the Lego games (Lego The Hobbit, Lego Batman, etc) have 2 player local coop.

Dungeon Defenders, which I believe you can get on XBLA, has 4 player local coop.
by weaktoss
Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Swiftly doing Swift?
Replies: 17
Views: 3915

Re: Swiftly doing Swift?

Man, I love XAML. XAML is great. Some more advanced bits are tricky, but it's very expressive and powerful once you're comfortable with it. I haven't touched the iOS SDK since 2011, but back then I didn't like it too much. Objective-C was clunky, Swift looks like a much better language to deal with....
by weaktoss
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 5-player games?
Replies: 29
Views: 3304

Re: 5-player games?

Dammit Chrispy, stop having already played my suggestions!

That's all I've actually played that comes to mind, but co-optimus search might give you some ideas: http://co-optim.us/1pTASuM
by weaktoss
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 5-player games?
Replies: 29
Views: 3304

Re: 5-player games?

Ooh, just thought of a good one. Torchlight 2 allows up to 6 players and can regularly be found for like $5 a copy. If you like dungeon grinding Diablo-style lootfests, Torchlight is great.
by weaktoss
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 5-player games?
Replies: 29
Views: 3304

Re: 5-player games?

Like superjawes said, I think MOBA is the way to go. Dota2 is crazy fun, and is completely free.

Of course, the learning curve is very steep and the community is pretty unforgiving. But since you have a full team of 5, you'll be insulated from the worst flaming. Or there are always bots.
by weaktoss
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Intrusive Ads
Replies: 65
Views: 6413

Re: Intrusive Ads

Yeah, I just got one too. Verizon.

*Edit* With auto-playing sound, to be clear.
by weaktoss
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Interesting bugs/glitches that you had?
Replies: 47
Views: 3569

Re: Interesting bugs/glitches that you had?

The Egg wrote:
Really? I had a P5Q Pro and it was rock solid.


..was it also Heart Touching? :D
by weaktoss
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Jalapeño Chips
Replies: 26
Views: 2237

Re: Jalapeño Chips

Another vote for Zapp's. I'm not big into chips, but Zapp's is pretty fantastic.
by weaktoss
Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone else excited about Halo: MCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Anyone else excited about Halo: MCC

I'm pretty excited! ..but I don't own an Xbox One. This is the only release thus far that's tempted me at all to get one. Playing Halo 2 online is among my fondest gaming memories, and I'm pumped that it will soon be possible again.
by weaktoss
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Should I build a new pc or just upgrade pieces?
Replies: 29
Views: 5254

Re: Should I build a new pc or just upgrade pieces?

I was in an position almost identical to yours. E8400, 4GB DDR2, and a GTX 460. About two years ago I snagged an SSD, which really breathed new life into the system. Obviously it didn't do anything for my framerates in games, but general usage and loading times became much faster and more pleasant. ...
by weaktoss
Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Black Friday Build
Replies: 5
Views: 1197

Re: Black Friday Build

After that though I am unsure particularly with regards to motherboard/cases/psus Choosing a motherboard largely comes down to the feature set you're looking for. If you're getting an unlocked K intel chip, you'll want a Z97 chipset. On the other hand, if you're not going to be overclocking, save y...
by weaktoss
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Desktop Mic Recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 3392

Re: Desktop Mic Recommendations?

I used to use the Logitech desktop mic nerdrage linked. It works pretty well, but mine stopped being able to stand up after about a year. It just flops down and lays flat. I second Chrispy_'s suggestion of an array mic to put on a monitor. I've been using the one bundled with my Sound Blaster Z card...
by weaktoss
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Moving to VPS from shared hosting
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: Moving to VPS from shared hosting

I haven't dealt with Dreamhost, but dealing with other people's Fatcow and Bluehost setups has been a pain even for basic WordPress/Django/whatever administration. A lot of modules or plugins you might want to install require you to have access to the server to install php libs or the like. A good V...